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post #1 of 5 Old 06-12-2008, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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DB paniced me

Because of the heat we haven't been working our old boys but walked them on leads a couple times on a trail through a local field. (Its been 99 - 100+ feels like 110) Anyway about 5 minutes into our walk Tuesday DB stopped. Suddenly he droppped to the ground and I freaked just as he started to roll. He rolled for about 2 minutes, got up, shook off then dropped down on the other side, rolled for about 2 minutes again then got up shook off. I of course thought bad things - colic, heat stoke, seizuer (spl). We imediately cut the walk short to get back to the barn because all I could think of was if he went down again and didn't get up we were a 1/4 mile from home. DB however just looked at my husband and I like "Chill - can't a horse on a 4' lead roll?" Still worried I have watched him closely since and he is perfectly fine. My husband said DB just wanted to mess with us and decided to scratch an itch but I was told horses only lay down & roll when they are safe in a familar enviroment. That fact that he was on a 4' lead seems even more strange to me. Has anybody experience this?
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-12-2008, 11:00 PM
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I totally agree about the "worse than kids" part! :roll:

I don't own any leads that short. I guess he must have either had one heck of an itch or he is really comfortable with you guys! I haven't had the pleasure of a horse rolling on his lead.

Glad he's doing good.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-13-2008, 06:58 AM
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Our mares do that all the time in this (near 100) heat..and flies seem worse than normal this year, too. They'll even do it on a lead walking next to the road.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-13-2008, 07:18 AM
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Vida has done that to me too. It does sorta freak you out I'll be just be walking along with her on the lead and woompff down she goes for a roll. Especially if she is hot and sweaty. I guess its a good thing, the horse trusts you enough to be in that vulnerable position with you holding the lead rope :) Just gotta watch out for those flopping legs.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-13-2008, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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I was talking with a local trainer last night and she said we should have had more control over DB and not allowed what she called undesirable behavior. Personally now that I know nothing was wrong I think its pretty neat that DB feels that trusting. :) He was really abused by his first owner and never really comfortable with his second owners.
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